28 10, 2015

Midcentury Modern Style

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Midcentury Modern Style

Why is Mid-Century Modern Style still intriguing us over half a century later? In fact, what is it really all about? Who drove its adoption and when? What are its key elements? Let's wander around this topic for a while and see what we turn up! The Diamond Chair via Wikicommons The period is arguably considered [...]

14 10, 2015

Reclaimed Stone Finishes

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone, Texture and Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Reclaimed Stone Finishes

The use of reclaimed stone in haute design plans has been with us for some time now. In fact, in this space we have spent quite a bit of time on the topic. A few years down the road and the idea is as strong as ever, but perhaps with a few tweaks. Let’s take [...]

6 10, 2015

Natural Stone Veneer 2015

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone Veneer 2015

Very few construction materials compare to the beauty and durability of architectural stone. According to Mark Cachon, author of Architectural Stone, technology has dramatically changed the stone industry in the past several decades. We now have state-of-the-art machinery and manufacturing capabilities that allow us to construct impressive and aesthetically attractive stone interiors and exteriors. Natural [...]

30 09, 2015

Magic & Metal Tile

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Magic & Metal Tile

Do you believe in magic? Since it manifests itself in so many ways we must answer in the affirmative. The magic of illusion, the magic of nature, the magic of form meeting function. These are but a few examples if you will allow your imagination to expand the meaning of the word to also include [...]

22 09, 2015

Eero Saarinen & TWA

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Eero Saarinen & TWA

The most perfectly symmetrical marriage of design and commerce in the '60's may have been the union of Eero Saarinen  and TWA at what was then Idlewild Airport in New York City.  Opened in 1962 amidst much futuristic and design fanfare, the TWA Flight Center, as shown below, was a beacon for airline travel, design triumphant, and internationalism. None [...]

12 09, 2015

Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone

September 12th, 2015|Categories: Architectural Stone|Tags: |Comments Off on Natural Stone vs. Cast Stone

For the purposes of this post, let’s go through a few quick definitions. Natural stone is millions of years old. It is quarried from the earth and has gone through many natural changes over time. Cast stone is a type of precast concrete designed to simulate different types of natural cut stone. So time to [...]

9 09, 2015

Fall Outdoor Design Trends

September 9th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Comments Off on Fall Outdoor Design Trends

The turning of the seasonal page from summer to fall is here once again. Labor Day is gone and we exchange the summer BBQ for the fall tailgate fest. That transition noted, the well-known Chicago design professional Tony Perry, of A. Perry Homes, was kind enough to share his thoughts on Fall Outdoor Design Trends. [...]

3 09, 2015

Four Color Thoughts

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on Four Color Thoughts

As we move to fall, it is fairly easy to think in terms of the color values that blink in our mind's eye; that we associate with this wonderful season. Instead, let's consider Four Color Thoughts that both transition within and sustain any design plan. via Farrow and Ball We have always had a [...]

22 08, 2015

4 Tips for a Bathroom ReDo

August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Bathroom Design|Tags: |Comments Off on 4 Tips for a Bathroom ReDo

Remodeling a bathroom has become as All-American as spring training, summer road trips, fall football weekends, and the winter blues. The kitchen may still be viewed as the epicenter of American home life but when it comes to renovation the bathroom is tops in the eyes of the homeowner for refreshing! So let’s jump in with 4 [...]

17 08, 2015

The Scallop Shape

August 17th, 2015|Categories: Design Trends|Tags: |Comments Off on The Scallop Shape

The scallop shape in tile represents the logical extension of human interest in the symmetrical elegance of the shell. There is a wonderfully focused site dedicated to ruminations, facts, and otherwise called This site helps us appreciate the enduring nature of the shell: “Archaeological diggings at many ancient sites have produced shells and artifacts in [...]